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this morning on "early today," new warnings. north korea threatens to take it to the next level ahead of joint exercises with the south and u.s. this weekend. miracle on the sea, three teenagers found alive after drifting for nearly two months in open waters. and golden ticket, how you can mingle with the royals and score an invite to the wedding can mingle with the royals and score an invite to the wedding of the century. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with the brink of war.
that is the warning from north korea this morning. the u.s. and south korea move ahead with plans to hold joint military drills this weekend. the uss george washington has arrived in the yellow sea for preplanned maneuvers which now are a show of strength after the north's artillery attacks this week. brian moore is in washington with the latest. brian, good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. there were tense hours this morning as south koreans heard the unmistakable booming of artillery. it appears to be a north korean drill, but also a message coming just three days after that deadly shelling attack of a south korean island. another message from the north korean regime this morning accusing the united states of pushing the korean peninsula to the brink of war. that carrier group, the uss george washington, its 75 war planes and five ships are in south korean waters this morning
getting ready for a sunday drill with the south korean navy. that will go through until next wednesday. meanwhile, troops in a real war zone for the united states right now, afghanistan and also in iraq received some welcome phone calls yesterday from the commander in chief. president obama calling ten members of the military, two members of each branch, to wish them a happy thanksgiving and to thank them for their service. lynn. >> brian moore in washington. brian, thanks so much. >> thank you. back here at home, americans are emerging from their turkey commas to prepare for long lines and what they hope will be big discounts on this, the busiest shopping day of the year. in these tough economic times, you may be a day late as many retailers broke with tradition to get a jump start on the holiday shopping season. kristin dahlgren has more from oakbrook, illinois. kristin, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lynn. it's still quiet this morning. this is expected to be a record black friday. last year, some 78 million americans shopped on black
friday and this year a new survey shows almost half of american households plan to shop. as you mentioned, for many black friday actually started on thursday. major retailers like sears and k-mart yesterday were open and filled with shoppers. other places opened at midnight and some plan to open this morning. retailers are excited about the fact that many americans report they are going to spend more than last year, between 2% and 3.5%. that means billions of dollars up for grabs for them. american shoppers plan on being frugal. they are still looking for bargains and they are going to be out there in force today. >> kristin dahlgren, where probably a lot of folks at home want to head out to because you're at the only place in the country where there's not a line. >> i'm first in line. exactly. >> kristin, thanks so much. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. california police are searching for a pair of suspects who robbed a marijuana robbery
dispensary. two men sprayed a clerk with pepper spray because helping themselves to the store's merchandise. apparently they weren't in it for the money because police say no cash was taken. one colorado family is having a tougher holiday than most after coming home to find someone mistakenly removed their roof. police investigated the incident and it turns out a local company was supposed to work on a house one block over. however, the contractor isn't able to fix the problem until monday, meaning the next three days will be a little challenging, to say the least. in kansas city, missouri, thousands of people braved cold temperatures for a thanksgiving day tradition. the 86th annul plaza lighting ceremony. with more than a quarter million lights, the city's upscale shopping and designing district got decked out for the holidays. in wisconsin, you know it's the season for giving when folks take a dip in freezing waters and it's all in the name of charity. around 20 people took part in the so-called polar plunge yesterday raising an impressive
$5,000 and all of the money goes to replenish a local food bank. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, are you coming out of that turkey coma okay? >> i'm doing all right with it. i was a little more disciplined than normal. >> that's good to hear. >> and lynn, it's great, this is one of those mornings where a lot of people are watching us and heading out to the stores probably right now. there was huge lines when i drove in a couple hours ago. it's amazing how long people have been out there. in new york city, it's raining out and drizzling. that's the case through pennsylvania, down through kentucky, west virginia this morning and much of tennessee. people that are waiting in line to shop in the rain. so here is a look at it. yesterday was a miserable day in indianapolis. we had record rainfall there. now the colder air is moving in. i've heard reports of the snow mixing in on the backside of this in areas of kentucky and ohio. maybe a little bit of a winter surprise there for you.
rain is continuing in the pittsburgh area. you've had a bleak two or three days in a row now. that rain will end early this morning. same for you in buffalo. syracuse to albany, you can see showery type weather earlier today. here is the radar to the south. i mentioned some of the rain and changing over to snow. that pink and white there is on the back edge. that's where we're getting a little changeover. it just happened in cincinnati and also lexington, but that's now exiting. you can see the rain showers continue through much of northern mississippi and alabama. so the cold air, that was a huge story in the northern plains the last couple of days. it's starting to moderate a little bit. still 12 degrees in minneapolis. today we're only going to do 21. so there's still an arctic air mass. but ever so slowly, that forecast will improve. that's a look at your shopping black friday forecast. now here is a look at the weather outside your window. chance of a thunderstorm early today in birmingham, alabama, as that front goes through. other areas like st. louis and kansas city will be chilly along with chicago, but at least it will be dry.
so, lynn, how much shopping are you planning on doing today? >> none. >> really? >> no. it's going to be all online all the time. if you saw the lines coming in on the way -- >> i did, yeah. >> -- last night, then yeah, you would do the same. coming up, jitters over europe's debt. a deal that's the cat's meow and an auction falls to the dark side. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, will harry potter work his box office magic over the holiday weekend? a lion size feast for the patriots, the saints stuff the cowboys and no flight delays for the jets. you're watching "early today."
wikileaks disclosure. the release could negatively impact u.s. relations abroad by revealing sensitive assessments and exposing american officials as the source of embarrassing information. brazilian police are using armored tanks to penetrate one of the country's most notorious slums in an effort to crack down on drug violence there. a five-day assault by gang leaders has been blamed for the deaths of nearly two dozen people. in italy, students protesting education cuts stormed two of the country's most famous tourist attractions, the leaning power of pisa and the coliseum. yesterday was the second day of demonstrations against the reforms, which would force schools that are losing money to close. in what is being hailed as a miracle, three teenage boys who were presumed dead were rescued off a remote island in the pacific ocean today after spending 50 days lost at sea. the samoan boys survived on rainwater, coconuts, raw fish and a sea gull they somehow managed to catch.
they're being treated for severe sunburns, but are otherwise well. and in england, 100 lucky commoners will get a chance to attend what is being billed as the wedding of the century. london media reports prince william and kate middleton are holding a willie wonka style golden ticket draw. the winners can rub shoulders with the royals while attending the numptials and recession. >> and now here's an early look at one of your top health headlines on msnbc.com. for the first time, researchers have determined the global impact on second-hand smoke finding it kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year. the british medical journal "lancet" found more than 30% of adults and 40% of children are regularly breathing in second-hand smoke. the most people exposed are in europe and asia while the least are in america. for more information on this and other health stories, check out the health page at msnbc.com.
>> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. after being closed for the thanksgiving holiday, the dow opens at 11,187 after adding 150 points on wednesday. the s&p climbed 17 points. the nasdaq went up 48. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 40 points while in hong kong, the hang seng lost 177. u.s. investors took a break and traders elsewhere around the globe are coping with ongoing fears about europe's debt problems. trying to sooth those concerns, german chancellor angela merkel promised that the europe will make it through the crisis. the european currency is now trading at around two-month lows against the u.s. dollar. some analysts predict it will tumble further because of heavily indebted countries such as ireland and spain. meanwhile, merkel and french president nicolas sarkozy said the euro zone $1 trillion bailout fund will not be hiked
through 2013. though a germany central bank official apparently had a conflicting take, saying european nations would be willing to boost the funds because of ireland, portugal, spain and greece. back here in the u.s., investors will have a shortened trading session today that will perhaps give them time to join black friday which accounted for about 6% of holiday sales last year. this time around, analysts surveyed are expecting november sales to increase 357%, a sharp uptick from 2009. on a deal making front, del monte foods, maker of now mixed cat food and kibbles n bits agreed to be bought for around $4 billion. shares of del monte are up 62% this year. in london, auction goers were apparently not willing to go to the dark side. the original darth vader costume from the star wars series failed to meet the reserve price at auction.
it had been expected to sell for up to $365,000. where are all the die-hard fans? in a turkey day triple header, one new york jet has the game of his life, the saints krally against the cowboys and tom brady is in a giving mood against the lions. your early morning sports headlines are just ahead. and your friday weather highlights show rain exiting the east coast and a new storm entering from the west. your weekend forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today." (announcer) while there are some home disasters you can't avoid,
good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports in their traditional thanksgiving game, the dallas cowboys stage a human comeback against the super bowl champs. here's nbc's mario solis with a look at all your sports headlines. >> hi there. it's as healthy as american pie. a healthy serving of nfl football on thanksgiving. we start in dallas. saints build a 17-point lead when the cowboys coming rolling back. miles austin takes the handoff, turns up the field and he is gone. 60 yards down the sidelines. dallas down 20-13 in the third. they take the lead in the fourth. cowboys up, 27-13 with under five minutes to play. but that's plenty of time for the saints. after a dallas turnover, drew brees to lance moore, saints
back on top, 30-27. david buehler with a 59-yard attempt. if it's good, it's a new career high, but it hooks left. saints win a wild one, 30-27. to new york for elton john's favorite matchup, bengals and the jets. third quarter, brad smith with the end around. smith turns on the afterburners and thwarts 53 yards for the touchdown, jets up, 10-7. they put it away in the fourth. it's smith again. a couple of nice moves. he finds daylight, he's off to the races. makes one more great move at midfield and that is it. jets are thankful for the miss brad smith on this year's thanksgiving. they rally to beat the bengals, 26-10. they are now 9-2. to mo town, the patriots may have had a turkey hangover because it took about three quarters for them to wake up against the lions. tom brady to deon branch. look what branch can do. to al fanso smith. he turns around, outmuscles him. in for a 79 yard touchdown. pat's tie the game at 24. brady takes on smith all day. he and wes welker both had two touchdowns. patriots feast on the lions,
45-24. they're also 9-2. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm mario solis. disney releases a new twist on an old classic. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, exhausted after cooking yesterday's big meal? wait until you meet this family. you're watching "early today."
welcome back. i hope everyone had a wonderful start to their friday. maybe you've been sleeping and you're heading out shopping. we have some rainey weather out there today early. it's not going to be a washout day. colder air will arrive on saturday and sunday for the east coast. it will start to warm up in the central plains. there's no stormy weather out there. it will be chilly in many areas b but as far as bad weather goes, you're knot going to see much of it. if you're watching us in philadelphia, start your holiday shopping at a unique venue, pick up crafts, gifts, ornaments and more at the outdoor christmas village. it's at the city hall. that's your "early today" event of the day. >> thanks. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. four new movie releases will be looking to curse the boy who lived. mandy moore lends her voice to
disney's 3d animated venture "tangled." a makeover of the classic fairytale rapunzel. the family friendly fantasy stars chuck's zachary levi and is expected to make around $25 million. cristina aguilera makes her big screen debut alongside cher in the show stopping musical "burlesque." it should earn somewhere in the low to mid teen million. the romantic comedy "love and other drugs" stars ann hathaway and is expected to take in at least $13 million. move over "tooth fairy." dwayne the rock johnson has a score to settle in the action thriller "faster." it should speed toward the low teen millions. and last week's "harry potter and the deathly hollows" is still working its magic. last weekend, it conjured up a staggering $125 million.
and experts think it could do half as well weekend, which, of course, will be phenomenal. this will be a record breaking movie. "avatar" out the window. >> i think the next one comes out in july next year, the final final. >> and that will close that chapter. >> you and i are going to put on our wizard com costumes and wear that one. >> and this comes to us from nbc 13 in hartford, connecticut, where one family takes pride in preparing a massive thanksgiving feast and not eating a single bite of it. the rossotto family cooks up 800 meals for seniors in the community in need of a hot dinner. it's a tradition that started 20 years ago and it's grown bigger every year. the family themselves won't actually indulge until the weekend. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. it is the morning after, sometimes known as black friday. it is nice outside. temperatures are mild. we do have some rain approaching. 57 degrees at bwi marshall. the wind is gusting to 25 miles per hour. downtown, 59 degrees at the inner harbor. can you believe that? it will not last. we have some changes coming up
and we will detail but in the insta-weather-plus forecast coming up. >> thank you. 57 degrees on tv hill. here's a look ahead to 11 news today. live at thel melser best buy store in timonium. we will have the lowdown on all the deals coming up. >> she may be gone but her legacy lives on. a look at a thanksgiving dinner. >> we have one accident on 95. we will check on the accident
[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. i'm jennifer franciotti. >> i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> collins has a check on the forecast. i know it is 59. it was still called in carrl